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Event Series Event Series: Writing the Body (Online class)

Writing the Body (Online class)

February 27, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Instructor: Laura Kolbe
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
First Session: Sunday, 2/20/22 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Second Session: Sunday, 2/27/22 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The human body is perhaps the most abundant source of metaphor and wonderment in poetry. How can we harness this abundance and variety of possibility that the human body offers to our imaginations, taking what’s most powerful about traditional ways of “writing the body” (love poems, spiritual writings, science writing, etc.) for lessons in craft and form, while also exploring new forms of improvisation, playfulness, honesty, and candor? This seminar will combine lively discussion and analysis of poetry (and occasionally prose) by published authors, in-class prompts and writing exercises with opportunities for real-time feedback, and discussion of works-in-progress that students may be developing outside of the seminar space.

Laura Kolbe is a poet, prose writer, physician, and medical ethicist. Her debut poetry collection, Little Pharma, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October 2021. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, American Poetry Review, Conjunctions, Poetry, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere.

Her medical work was highlighted in The New Yorker’s coverage of COVID-19, on LitHub’s Thresholds podcast with Jordan Kisner, and in the Yale University Press anthology A World Out of Reach: Dispatches from Life Under Lockdown. For additional information, please visit www.laura-kolbe.com or follow @laurakolbemd on Twitter.

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February 27, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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